At the beginning of 2019, I stumbled upon a medium called Yupo paper. It’s a synthetic paper primarily used by water colorists. Always curious about new techniques and eager to explore, I began experimenting with this surface by applying a variety of paints and inks. It was quite a departure from my large acrylic paintings on canvas, but I was intrigued by the possibilities.
Once I discovered the brilliance of India Inks and how they interacted with the Yupo paper, I was hooked. The process of creating a backdrop with inks is fascinating. It teaches me to let go and give up control.
I have learned to manipulate the inks to a degree. There is no way to exert complete control, however, and in the end, the inks do as they please.
The geometric shapes are layered on top of the background with black and white watercolor. Watercolor allows me to add and subtract pigments, and to either hide or highlight certain elements. It’s a multi-layered process and I go back and forth many times to achieve the composition I’m happy with.
Creating these works feels like a meditation. I get lost in the colors, the textures and shapes. It’s like a journey into the vastness of the universe showing me endless possibilities. That’s why I called this series UNIVERSUM – German for Universe.
Recently I've really been drawn to circular shapes. You may have noticed that. On this piece you can see the ink splatters in the background. I like the contrast this creates with the sharp edges of the circles.